Dinwiddie's double deal?

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Prompted by Winnipeg, the CFL is investigating the nature of its relationship with the Arena Football League.

Although the AFL's Arizona Rattlers have signed quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, the backup is still officially under contract to the Blue Bombers. Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer has contacted CFL HQ about such issues.

"And they're going to talk to the Arena league about arrangements between the two leagues," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday. "Since it is actually a CFL contract he has signed, I'm leaving it up to the league to sort it out."

Dinwiddie had signed for a year and an option here, meaning he had that window to sign with an NFL team this off-season. He may have thought that also allowed him to sign with the AFL, Taman admitted.

"But it's not the same arrangement with the Arena league," he said. "It's just another thing to worry about."

Taman obviously wants Dinwiddie back as he plans to allow backup QB Brad Banks and his $100,000 salary to become a free agent next month.

"We'll have backups here to challenge in camp, believe me," Taman assured. "But I don't have the luxury to pay big money for a backup."

And he does not have eyes on any current CFL backup who might become available.

GONERS? CB Stanford Samuels, who also has that NFL window as an option-year guy, worked out with the Minnesota Vikings last month. LB Ike Charlton is also expected to test NFL waters ... OL Mike Abou-Mechrek is among a number of Bombers about to become free agents, and Taman indicated that his asking price has become too rich for the Bomber blood ... Another Bomber who is demanding bigger bucks is DB Anthony Malbrough.

HASHMARKS: Although Hamilton has hired Bombers QB coach Mike Working, Taman said he was not expected back anyway. The Tiger-Cats are also on the verge of hiring Winnipeg secondary coach Gregg Butler ... Former Bombers P Jon Ryan has been named the Green Bay Packers' recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award after he played in an NFL game just two days after his father lost a battle with cancer. It is reportedly one of the most esteemed honours to be bestowed on an NFL player.


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